Stephens, G, Littlewood, C, Foster, NE and Dikomitis, L (2020) Rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair: A nested qualitative study exploring the perceptions and experiences of participants in a randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation. 269215520984025 - ?. ISSN 1477-0873

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate acceptability, barriers to adherence with the interventions, and which outcome measures best reflect the participants' rehabilitation goals in a pilot and feasibility randomised controlled trial evaluating early patient-directed rehabilitation and standard rehabilitation, including sling immobilisation for four weeks, following surgical repair of the rotator cuff of the shoulder. DESIGN: Nested qualitative study. SETTING: Five English National Health Service Hospitals. SUBJECTS: Nineteen patient participants who had undergone surgical repair of the rotator cuff and 10 healthcare practitioners involved in the trial. METHOD: Individual semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Four themes: (1) Preconceptions of early mobilisation; many participants were motivated to enter the trial for the opportunity of removing their sling and getting moving early. (2) Sling use and movement restrictions; for some, sling use for four weeks was unacceptable and contributed to their pain, rather than relieving it. (3) Tensions associated with early mobilisation; clinical tensions regarding early mobilisation and the perceived risk to the surgical repair were apparent. (4) Processes of running the trial; participants found the trial processes to be largely appropriate and acceptable, but withholding the results of the post-operative research ultrasound scan was contentious. CONCLUSION: Trial processes were largely acceptable, except for withholding results of the ultrasound scan. For some participants, use of the shoulder sling for a prolonged period after surgery was a reported barrier to standard rehabilitation whereas the concept of early mobilisation contributed tension for some healthcare practitioners due to concern about the effect on the surgical repair.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative study, physical therapy, rehabilitation, shoulder pain
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC925 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > Physical medicine. Physical therapy. Including massage, exercise, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, radiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 16:05
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 16:08

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